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Arrivals and departures: forging new roads with a technology trailblazer – Phil Libin

About This Episode

Joining Michael on Change Makers is US entrepreneur, Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of mmhmm. Phil was born in the USSR and lives in the USA, completing the story of arrivals and departures from Leningrad to the Bronx to Arkansas. From going on to capitalise on the smartphone revolution as CEO of the software sensation Evernote to powering better productivity in the pandemic, this is the story of someone who has followed his own path.

Phil is forging a new way forward for the future of work with his venture which aims to break out of, what he calls, the narrow overheated bubble that is built up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this conversation he asks why anyone would be asking how to get back, when back wasn’t amazing. He’s on a mission to bring optimism to his workforce, and shares how he has been inspired by Star Trek to build a better world. It’s perhaps for this reason that business author Tim Ferriss described Phil as an “awesome guy, hilarious and just amazing, amazing.”

Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of mmhmm

Phil is a co-founder and the CEO of All Turtles, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup studio. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of the global productivity tool Evernote, which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today. A sought-after leader on innovation, Libin provides audiences with an engaging look at what it takes to reinvent productivity at global scale.  His investment focus is generally on using technology to enhance humanity, productivity, and business globally.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that changed your life?

  • The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand
  • The left hand of darkness Ursula Le Guin

“The complete futility of knowing the correct answer to the wrong question”



What are you watching at the moment?

K-dramas on Netflix, particularly Kingdom

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Esther Dyson

What is your best tip for life?

“Focusing on problems is fine because that’s how you make solutions. But focusing on good things requires optimism, and that’s a rarer skill in life.”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Why would I only have 5 if I’m in lockdown? Is the internet broken?!

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